How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

Most writers and directors could only dream of making a movie that’s so popular and has such an impact so as to create a shift in the genre itself. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead led to the birth of the zombie subgenre,  John Carpenter’s Halloween lead to the slasher boom of the 80’s, and Wes Craven’s Scream led to slashers going full … Continue reading How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

25 Fun Facts About “Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers”

Michael Myers is without a doubt the most iconic slasher villain of all time.  But his franchise is one that’s had its highs and lows.  One of the most divisive (other than the Rob Zombie remake) was 1995’s The Curse of Michael Myers. It was the last movie of the original continuity before the series got in the habit of retconning itself every other movie.  … Continue reading 25 Fun Facts About “Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers”

Why “The Unborn” Never Really Took Off

Back in 2009, The Unborn debuted to a quiet January release, with legitimate box office success, but very mixed reviews.  It aimed to be a creepy supernatural thriller aimed at teens (with its PG-13 rating), but never fulfilled the potential it had.  The film was filled with great ideas that just never developed into the amazing piece of horror it could have been. A Different … Continue reading Why “The Unborn” Never Really Took Off

Mike Flanagan: A New Master of Modern Horror

He may not quite have the same name recognition as John Carpenter, George A. Romero, or Stephen King.  But over the last decade, Mike Flanagan has been quietly rising to the top with hit after hit up until he directed the highly anticipated sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, which gained both critical acclaim and financial success.  So we thought it would be fun to … Continue reading Mike Flanagan: A New Master of Modern Horror

“Verotika”: WTF Was That?

Horror is an incredibly unique genre in that even its terrible movies can still be quite fun and entertaining.  The same certainly can’t be said for a comedy that isn’t funny or a drama that’s absolutely ridiculous. But a horror film can be so bad that it’s hilarious to mock and laugh at.  As The Last Drive In host Joe Bob Briggs has often said, … Continue reading “Verotika”: WTF Was That?

Alignment Chart: Horror Edition

Originating in Dungeons & Dragons, the Alignment Chart has transcended into general pop culture, and it’s difficult to scroll through any social media feed without seeing it pop up. There’s an inherent fascination with sorting our favorite characters from various media.  So in the interest of shamelessly following internet trends, we thought it would be fun to take the same approach but with horror characters: … Continue reading Alignment Chart: Horror Edition

10 Claustrophobic Facts About “Buried”

Hitchcockian is a term that gets thrown around any time a thriller manages to evoke the same suspense that the master of it did all those decades ago.  Of all the films that get labeled by this manufactured adjective, very few wind up being worthy of it. Buried is one such film.  It’s really not easy to pull off 90 minutes in a single location, … Continue reading 10 Claustrophobic Facts About “Buried”

Ranking Every “Paranormal Activity” Movie

Given its genre dominance over the last decade, it’s hard to imagine a time before found footage was everywhere.  While other movies like Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project had used the style before, it really was Paranormal Activity that boosted it into popularity for the decade to come. Not only was it the most popular horror movie of the year, but it was … Continue reading Ranking Every “Paranormal Activity” Movie

25 Gritty Facts About “Se7en”

There’s something inherently frightening, but fascinating about serial killers.  For some reason people seem drawn to stories about them, sometimes even to unhealthy levels of obsession. So it’s no surprise that movies like Se7en gain critical acclaim.  Among many critics there’s a snobby bias against horror films, so movies like this often get called thrillers, but make no mistake, Se7en is definitely a horror film. … Continue reading 25 Gritty Facts About “Se7en”

Top 10 Stephen King Cameos

He remains the Master of Horror, as well as the most financially successful American author in history.  But for many horror fans, Stephen King is just as famous for the film adaptations of his countless novels, novellas and short stories. But as brilliant a writer as Stephen King is, his many small roles and cameo appearances have taken on a life of their own.  In … Continue reading Top 10 Stephen King Cameos